The Lover (French: L’Amant) is an autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras, published in 1984 by Les Éditions de Minuit. It has been translated to 43 languages and was awarded the 1984 Prix Goncourt. It was adapted to film in 1992 as The Lover. This novel recounts a young girl’s affair with a wealthy, older Chinese man in French-colonized Vietnam. The novel explores themes of colonialism, femininity, and poverty through the unnamed narrator’s experiences with the lover.